Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference

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Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference, Oxford, October 31, 2015

The Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference aims to raise public awareness and develop understanding of the issues surrounding the protecting of cultural heritage at risk from armed conflict. Focussing on the Middle East, the area currently undergoing the greatest destruction and where the heritage is most at risk, we aim to demonstrate the importance of the heritage, why its destruction matters, and what can be done. Topics to be explored will include the material heritage of the region from international and local perspectives, and the living heritage of communities with rich and longstanding traditions, before exploring why such destruction is happening, and the beliefs that underlie extremist practices. Focus will then move to an overview of what is being done already, and what more the international community can do. This free conference is intended to provide information from a variety of cultures, perspectives, and organisations, including academics, archaeologists, the military, and the media, raising awareness of the multi-cultural nature of Middle Eastern heritage, and its global relevance in the past and today.

All welcome, admission free, no pre-registration.

OxPeace, the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project in the School of Archaeology, and the Changing Character of War programme (CCW), in association with the Ashmolean and V&A Museums. With sponsorship from the St John’s College Research Centre, CBRL, BISI, CCW, the V&A, Maison Francaise, and the Golden Bottle Trust.